Antonio’s Adios: Star receiver Antonio Brown says it’s time to move on from Steelers

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Brown wants greener pastures.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, rumored to be unhappy in the Steel City since the end of the 2018 regular season, makes things official Tuesday. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection is ready to move on from the Steelers.

Tuesday, Brown tweeted a goodbye to “SteelerNation,” saying it was “time to move on and forward” during a one minute video.

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

According to CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, a major factor in Brown’s desire to leave is due to issues with head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

According to La Canfora, “The tension between Brown and Roethlisberger boiled over in Week 17 when the two players got into a heated dispute before a practice. The dispute was so serious that it caused Brown to skip practice for the rest of the week and to sit out the team’s season finale against the Bengals. Although Roethlisberger downplayed the incident, he did admit that Brown won’t return his calls or texts.”

In 2017, Pittsburgh made Brown the highest paid receiver in the NFL at the time when he signed a five-year contract close to $73 million. The 30 year-old can’t be traded until March 13th, the first official day of the 2019 season.

In the 2018 season, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards, and a league best 15 touchdown catches. He was left off the First Team All-Pro list for the first time since 2013.

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